Wrestling and Skin Conditions


Wrestling and Skin Conditions


Due to constant skin-to-skin contact, infections of the skin are a common and unfortunate part of wrestling. The most common types of skin infections include: Ring worm, Herpes simplex, Impetigo, and Staph/MRSA. The prevalence of such conditions has changed the way many people look at the sport, and there have been many misconceptions about something that arguably is one of the greatest health concerns among athletes in the 21st century.


The issue is with the lack of education about skin infections, especially in preventing and treating them. The truth is that most types of skin infections in wrestling are extremely minor and only become a major health issue if they are not cared for properly.


Preventing skin diseases is much easier than treating them. A constant effort must be made by athletes, coaches, parents, and any other figures involved in the wrestling community. This is needed to ensure that athletes are kept safe and healthy. Not only can such infections create further health complications, they can also hold athletes back from both practice and competition. This guide of 10 easy tips will help to protect wrestlers from infections that are extremely preventable.


Shower Immediately


The longer you wait to shower after practices and matches, the more time harmful germs are allowed to stay and grow on your skin. When showering, always use liquid antibacterial soap and a mesh scrub to ensure that you’re both killing the bacteria and limiting the amount of bacteria that can be left on your showering equipment. There are many antibacterial soaps designed specifically for wrestlers. These aren’t necessary, but they do work. Remember to thoroughly dry yourself after you shower, focusing on your feet last.


Know Your Body


Check your body daily for anything out of the norm; if it looks like it shouldn’t be there, well … it probably shouldn’t be there. Keep an eye out for red/irritated skin, scratches, peeling, bumps, itching, etc. If you do find something of concern, tell your coach right away. He or she will know the proper course of action and treatment.